Ernest Luning

Perlmutter, GOP challenger Coors square off in first debate

The Colorado Statesman

Beverages took center stage at the first debate between three-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter and his Republican challenger Joe Coors on Thursday in Arvada.

Saying he wants to go to Congress as “a problem-solver, not a problem-creator,” Coors said that his experience as CEO of Golden-based CoorsTek, an advanced materials manufacturer, means he’s used to working things out.

Liz Cheney, Laurie Romney stump for Mitt

Women for Mitt insist Obama’s economic policies hurt women
The Colorado Statesman

A group of Republican women told a crowd in Lone Tree last Thursday that it’s the sagging economy — not divisive social issues some called distractions — that should steer women voters to pick GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama.

Obama has Golden opportunity in state

President says tax cuts aren’t answer for everything
The Colorado Statesman

GOLDEN — President Barack Obama returned to Colorado last Thursday for a speech that mixed a tough foreign policy stance with his campaign’s message that a second Obama term would fight to restore the country’s middle class.

Just two days after an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya killed the ambassador and three other Americans, Obama praised the diplomats and security “who serve in difficult and dangerous places all around the world to advance the interests and the values that we hold dear as Americans” and vowed to bring the assailants to justice.

Romney’s ‘47 percent’ incites Dems

Republicans take Obama to task over ‘redistribution’ comment
The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio tore into Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday, charging that the former Massachusetts governor’s secretly recorded remarks about 47 percent of Americans betray “something very deep, potentially deeply flawed about his character” at a press conference at a Denver park.

Romney son stumps for Dad in Jefferson County

My Dad can fix things’
The Colorado Statesman

GOLDEN — A couple hours after President Barack Obama rallied thousands of supporters in nearby Lion’s Park on Thursday, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s son Josh told a smaller group gathered in the shadow of a campaign bus on a street corner that they were invited to his father’s inauguration after he wins the election in November.

The race, the younger Romney said, won’t come down to the kind of soaring rhetoric and big dreams stoked by the first Obama campaign, but instead will hinge on the cold, hard facts of the economy and his father’s reputation for fixing things.

Beau Biden rips Romney-Ryan for ignoring veterans

Vice president’s son calls GOP proposals ‘outrageous’
The Colorado Statesman

Speaking at a fundraising dinner for Jefferson County Democrats on Saturday in Lakewood, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden charged that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s failure to mention veterans or the war in Afghanistan during his acceptance speech in Tampa was no mere oversight but was “consistent” with what he termed the GOP ticket’s “outrageous” disregard for the country’s commitment to veterans.

Obama looking to mimic ‘Michael Bennet’s campaign on steroids’

Democratic National Convention Day 1
The Colorado Statesman

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jim Messina starts by telling what feels like a well-worn anecdote about a 3-year-old. The tyke, it seems, can answer with authority when asked what President Barack Obama does. “He approves this message,” the youngster says. “Welcome to life in a battleground state,” Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, tells a crowded restaurant filled with Colorado Democrats, who roar with laughter, because they know exactly what he’s talking about.

Romney speech inspires Colorado delegates: 'We can do this'

The Colorado Statesman

TAMPA – After the candidates and their families had left the stage, but while red and blue balloons still bounced around the pulsing convention hall late on Thursday night, members of the Colorado delegation to the 2012 Republican National Convention pulled down the towering sign that marked the state’s position on the convention floor and gathered around to sign it for posterity.

“We can do this,” wrote delegation chairman Sean Conway, a Weld County commissioner, above his signature, and then broke into a broad grin.

Colorado delegates united around Ryan’s nomination as Veep

Day 3 of the RNC
The Colorado Statesman

TAMPA – Colorado delegates and guests effused over GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan when he accepted the nomination on Wednesday even as critics hammered the Wisconsin congressman’s speech for a litany of inaccuracies and misleading statements.

RNC gives Romney nod, but rules strife festers

The Colorado Statesman

TAMPA — On the same day Republicans formally nominated Mitt Romney for the presidency, a battle over proposed party rules changes roiled the GOP’s national convention on Tuesday and left some Colorado delegates vowing they won’t cast a vote for the former Massachusetts governor in the fall election.